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Okanagan Nation Declaration
We, the Okanagan Nation make this declaration today as a sign for every generation to come, Therefore we herby declare that:
We are the unconquered aboriginal peoples of this land our mother; The creator has given us our mother, to enjoy, to manage and to protect; We the first inhabitants, have lived with our mother from time immemorial; Our Okanagan Governments have allowed us to share equally in the resources of our mother; We have never given up our rights to our mother, our mother's resources, our governments, our religion; We will survive and continue to govern our mother and her resources for the good of all for all time.

ONA_Who We Are

Since time immemorial, the history of the Okanagan began, long before the arrival of the Europeans. We are the Syilx-speaking people – the original inhabitants of a vast and beautiful territory that encompasses forests, grasslands, lakes and desert. For thousands of years, the Okanagan people were self-reliant and well provided for through their own ingenuity and use of the land and nature. We lived united as a nation with a whole economy, travelling the breadth and depth of our territory, hunting and fishing, growing and harvesting, crafting and trading to meet our needs.

  • Syilx Youth Water Leaders Program

    Whatshan Lake, B.C.
    Friday, March 06, 2015 - Sunday, March 08, 2015
    All day

    An On-location water workshop will be taking place March 6-8, 2015 at Whatshan Lake, BC.

    This workshop is done in collaboration with Waterlution and is the second of the Syilx Youth Leaders Program that will continue to engage in exploration…

  • Elder & Youth Gathering 2015

    Rock Ridge Canyon, Princeton BC
    Friday, March 27, 2015 - Sunday, March 29, 2015
    All day

    The Elder & Youth Gathering 2015 will be taking place at the Rock Ridge Canyon in Princeton, BC from March 27th to the 29th. If you know a youth or elder that would like to participate, please contact/send your registration…

  • Spirit of the Syilx Youth Unity Run 2015

    Omak, WA
    Thursday, April 30, 2015 - Sunday, May 03, 2015
    All day

    The Spirit of Syilx Unity Run will begin April 30th in Omak, WA and end May 3rd in Christina Lake, BC.

    Please Note: Everyone crossing the border on the evening of the 30th will require a VALID status card or passport.…

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  • 2nd Year NAPAT Fundraiser

    The 2nd Year NAPAT Marketing students from En’owkin Centre welcome the community to attend a fundraising luncheon, loonie auction, and raffle at the En’owkin Centre. The fundraising proceeds will cover the student trip to perform in the Talking Stick Festival…

  • 6th Annual Okanagan Band Schools Syilx Language Conference

    N’Kwala School, Upper Nicola Band is honored to host the 6th Annual Okanagan Band Schools Syilx Language Conference. The theme k’iy’ntikw laspus smipnwiln; mi?ltxw ismipnwilns captures the essence of the conference: we must commit to our language and take the…

  • 2015 Canada Winter Games

    Open invitation to all First Naitons, Inuit, Aboriginal & Metis Groups across British Columbia & Canada on be half of the Lheidli T’enneh from Prince George, BC.

    The 2015 Canada Winter Games will take place on February 13, 2015-March 1,…